Dear CJFE members and supporters, February has been a busy month for CJFE, with work on our upcoming Review of Free Expression in Canada well underway. Since 2009, CJFE has published a yearly report to shed light on the most pressing free expression issues affecting Canadians over the past 12 months. The Review is the work of many hands, and you can help push it forward by donating any amount you can to our crowdfunding campaign for free expression, and sharing it with your friends and colleagues on social media. We’ve already raised more than half of our $5,000 goal, and there’s still plenty of time to show your support. We’re also posting weekly campaign updates to highlight how your contributions are directly helping our work at CJFE.
What happened in February:
- • Al Jazeera Journalists remain detained in Egypt: In partnership with Al Jazeera English, we held a press conference, released a joint statement, and held a Global Day of Action to speak out against the continued detainment of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt. If you haven’t already, please sign our petition.
- • #WatchSochi Timeline: Our hardworking volunteers tracked free expression events and violations that took place each day throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia in an interactive timeline.
- • Day Against Mass Surveillance: To mark the day, February 11, we created a comprehensive list of resources to keep you up-to-date on mass surveillance activities in Canada.
- • Freedom to Read Week: Held annually on the last week of February, the week is a chance to reflect on why we need to continue to defend and protect the freedom to read right here in Canada.
- • Social unrest in Ukraine: CJFE raised our concerns as clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators brought on violent attacks against protesters and journalists in the capital city of Kiev.
- • Post-2015 Development Agenda: CJFE joined over 200 organizations calling the United Nations to create a Post-2015 Development Agenda that recognizes the importance of access to information and free media in sustainable development.
- • Country profiles: This past month, we took a closer look at the history of impunity in the Philippines and the state of free expression in post-Mubarak Egypt.
- • A Visit from McLuhan Fellow Eileen Mangubat: CJFE and IFEX were honoured to host Philippine journalist and 2013 McLuhan Fellow Eileen Mangubat in our office before her lecture at the University of Toronto. Sharing her experiences as a journalist, Mangubat discussed the complexities of the Philippine media landscape and the spectrum of risks journalists face in different regions of the country.
What’s happening in March:
- • Crowdfunding campaign runs until March 27: Visit our crowdfunding page to make your contribution, and then share our campaign with others to rally support for free expression in Canada.
- • Post-Olympics Watch: Public attention may have shifted away from Russia with the end of the Winter Olympics, but that’s all the more reason to keep our eyes peeled for signs of ongoing threats to the freedom of expression.
- • International Women’s Day: Marked each year on March 8, we will be taking the day to recognize the work, achievements, and experiences of women around the world who remind us of the importance of accessing and exercising our right to free expression.
- • World Day Against Cyber Censorship: On March 12, we will be waiting to see which governments and corporations are named by Reporters Without Borders as the top Enemies of the Internet in 2014. Take a look at last year’s report to see who made the list in 2013.
- • Suppression and surveillance in North Korea: In light of the United Nations unprecedented report decrying the state’s human rights abuses as crimes against humanity, we’ll take a closer look at free expression in the country.
- • Profile of exiled journalist Goran Dukani: Stay tuned for CJFE’s interview with the Kurdish journalist who fled to the United States after facing repeated threats to his safety as a reporter in Iraq. For more free expression news, commentary, and event updates, visit cjfe.org! Until next month, Francine Navarro CJFE Research and Publications Assistant
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